LST’s Italian courses introduce the fundamental elements of the Italian language such as articles, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and the conjugation of verbs. The following moods and tenses will be covered: indicative mood, i.e., present (presente), present perfect (passato prossimo), imperfect (imperfetto), past perfect (trapassato prossimo), absolute past (passato remoto), future (futuro semplice), future perfect (futuro anteriore); subjunctive mood; conditional mood and imperative mood.
Emphasis is on the progressive development of basic reading skills. While the primary emphasis of the course is in developing the student’s reading skills towards understanding theological texts, some attention will also be given to spoken Italian. Aside from the standard Italian grammar, exercise book, and dictionary, the following texts in Italian will utilized as supplementary materials to enhance the building up of students vocabulary: common Catholic prayers, Breviary and Mass prayers, Scripture readings, religious and secular songs, etc.